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Flying Fifteen Inland Championship at Rutland Sailing Club

by Richard Drabble 6 Jun 02:21 PDT 1-2 June 2019
Flying Fifteen Inland Championship at Rutland © David Chapman

The UK's competitive Flying Fifteen fleet was in full force at Rutland Sailing Club who hosted the Inland Championships this weekend, with top sailors including national and world champions on the circuit.

This two-day event comprised three races each day, so six races in all, best five to count. The sparkling and wonderfully scenic sailing conditions were nicely varied, from light to moderate on Saturday, a nice shakedown for some, to moderate to fresh on Sunday, up to 22 knots from the south-southwest, making for a good work-out upwind and some marginal planing conditions downwind. And mostly sunshine with relief from the rays by some welcome cumulus and cirrus cloud cover.

The twenty-three Flying Fifteens on the line made for exciting starts, with the usual cut and thrust for a pole position at full speed. Given the wind and direction the Race Officer went for straight windward-leeward courses both days, with three long beats per race. His race team and their rescue and shore support did a fabulous job and we are all indebted to them for making the weekend a huge success and an enjoyable one too.

The fleet was delighted to have Ovington Boats aboard, with Graham Vials and MD Chris Turner essentially dominating Day One and the first race of Day Two. However a push from other top sailors forced a nice mix of top results from Jeremy Davy/Martin Huett of Draycote and both Andy and father David McKee of Dovestone with their respective partners-in-crime Richard Jones and Mal Hartland pushing through to score highly, whilst World Champion Steve Goacher with Tim Harper warmed up to a final race victory on Sunday's race three. This warm-up, however, was not quite fast enough to put Steve and Tim into the top four.

The hospitality at Rutland was enjoyed by all the competitors with the K1 Open Meeting fleet sharing the party, comprising Pimms and pizza after the racing and a sit-down dinner in Rutland's clubhouse, not to mention full English breakfasts, lunches, teas and real filter coffees galore, with everyone's thanks to the club's catering team. At the dinner it was noted jovially that the crew combinations ranged from mere spring chickens to a combined age of over 140 years! No names mentioned.

And it was not stated, but the crew weights and genders also ranged widely, proving overall that Uffa Fox's masterpiece, the world's first planing keelboat is not only alive and well but an exciting boat for everyone to sail! If you are not sailing a Flying Fifteen, you are missing out big time! Here's to the late and great Mr Uffa Fox, designer of many famous dinghies and keelboats, whose brief for the Flying Fifteen back in 1947 was for a fast, planing keelboat of about twenty feet, fit for the rough and tumble waters of The Solent. And boy, did he design a good'un.

Happily there were no dings, nor any protests, and everyone departed fit to fight another day.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoClubHelmCrewR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
14071DRSCGraham VialsChris Turner1121‑6510
23760Draycote Water SCJeremy DavyMartin Huett34122‑612
34005Dovestone Sailing ClubAndy McKeeRichard Jones‑66341216
44065Dovestone SCDavid McKeeMal Hartland424‑73417
54021 Steve GoacherTim Harper57(BFD)34120
64055Chew Valley LakeI CadwalladerS Graham73‑1155323
74061West Riding SCMark WestonJosh Porter25‑16991237
84046Rutland Sailing ClubRichard DrabbleRichard Pratt‑1681568845
93902Draycote Water SCRichard HopeMike Stenson8‑1398131149
103936Notts County SCJeremy ArnoldKeith Jamieson11‑16131110752
114056Dovestone ScAndy GoddardTom Goddard1214612‑161054
123996BasenthwaiteMike MooreKavla Sheard9971614(RET)55
134013Northampton SCChris BowenMarlow Bowen(DNC)1510147955
143865Rutland Sailing ClubNick ClarkePete Ashworth‑20101210121458
154016Royal Windermere YCDavid HeronChris Ducker101151915(RET)60
163959Rutland Sailing ClubRichard TriffittPat Triffitt13188‑20191674
173631Rutland Sailing ClubChris WrightNicky Hooper‑22121815171375
183911Benl Sailing AssocJohn WardropMark Munday1922141311(DNC)79
193583RORCMike WilczynskiJean Wilczynski15‑211917201586
204041Bewl Sailing AssSimon CooperAlastair Cooper1719171818(RET)89
213732Blackpool SCIan HockeyJal Hockey18172121(RET)DNC101
223341Dachet Sailing ClubMike FirthPhilip Tinsley142020(DNC)DNCDNC102
233944Rutland Sailing ClubAlistair ScammellAmanda Strawson2123(BFD)RETDNCDNC116

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